2000

South Hall dedication - 2000

Construction on the first suite-style residence hall on the former site of Evergreen and Delta Courts is finished. Dedicated in October, it becomes the second residence hall to be called South Hall.

The PLU Symphony Orchestra travels to Germany in January.

Orchestra in Germany - 2000
John McCain - 2000

In the spring, US presidential candidate John McCain visits campus on his campaign trail.

During the second week of August, PLU hosts the sixth annual conference of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies (SBCS). PLU professor of religion and SBCS member Paul Ingram is instrumental in the conference coming to PLU.

PLU hosts the sixth annual conference of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies (SBCS) - 2000
Audun Toven - 2000

Audun Toven, PLU professor of Norwegian since 1967 and director of the Scandinavian Studies program, is presented with the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. Norway’s ambassador, His Excellency Knut Vollebek, confers the knighthood on behalf of King Harald V.

Kathryn M. Lehmann, a 1976 alumna, becomes the first female conductor of the Choir of the West.

Kathryn Lehmann - 2000

2001

swensonThe Fulbright program at PLU celebrates its 25th anniversary at a reunion during Homecoming weekend. Professor Emeritus Rodney Swenson presents the Heritage Lecture and eight Fulbright alumni participate in a panel discussion.

President Loren J. Anderson is named chairman of the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

President Loren J. Anderson

Choir of the West celebrates its 25th year with a tour to Scandinavia and a reunion of past members at the Homecoming Celebration.

Choir of the West celebrates its 25th year with a tour to Scandinavia and a reunion of past members at the Homecoming Celebration.

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Revitalized Xavier Hall is re-dedicated. The renovation is the first of three projects to be completed as part of The Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University: the Next Bold Step.

The Yule Boutique turns 30. All profits raised go to a student scholarshipyule-boutique-2001 with $280,000 being the current market value. Pictured are longtime organizers of the annual Yule Boutique, Alice Govig and Gloria Pederson (’42) in their authentic Scandinavian outfits.

namibia-norway-plu-partnership-2001A three-way partnership between Norway, Namibia, and PLU is designed to enable students to become world citizens, aware of global problems and committed to creating constructive responses to these problems in the spirit of democracy and peace.

2002

A $4 million gift by Drs. Peter and Grace Wang funds the Wang Center for international programs. The center will prepare students to be leaders in the global economy and be advocates for world peace. Below, Peter Wang and President Anderson congratulate Katie Kerkedal (’03), who spoke at the announcement ceremony, and meet with PLU’s international education students.

Peter and Grace Wang along with President Anderson and wife
Peter and Grace Wang
Peter and Grace Wang talking with others

Q Club celebrates its 30th anniversary. In 1971 (L to R), David Berntsen, Edgar Larson, and Clayton Peterson review drawings of the proposed 60-foot Anderson Clock Tower outside the University center that was erected later that year. The tower was the gift of Herman (’31) and Vivian Anderson. Today Berntsen and Larson continue to serve as development officers for the university.

David Berntsen, Edgar Larson, and Clayton Peterson review drawings of the proposed 60-foot Anderson Clock Tower outside the University center that was erected later that year
Sam Amoo, University of Namibia, and Inger Haug, Hedmark College

The Norway-Namibia program continues as PLU faculty and students study the Nordic approach to peace and democracy. The first of the faculty-student research teams are conducting work in Namibia, and a semester-long class at Hedmark College is being developed. Pictured are Sam Amoo, University of Namibia, and Inger Haug, Hedmark College.

Famed Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl leaves an impression on PLU.

Thor Heyerdahl

PLU’s fundraiser drive, The Campaign for Pacific Lutheran University: Next Bold Step, wins a Circle of Excellence in Fundraising award from the Advancement and Support of Education.

A sculpture in honor of the late Jim Holloway is designed by Kathryn Sparks.

A sculpture in honor of the late Jim Holloway is designed by Kathryn Sparks. It stands in the amphitheater outside the Mary Baker Russell Music Building. The sculpture is entitled “Excellence,” and depicts his many passions.

James Holloway

2003

PLU 2010, a new long range plan setting out the university’s goals for the future, is published.

A Remarkable New Era PLU 2010: The Next Level of Distinction - photo of the Centennial Bell
Students sitting outside on the grass having class

The Wang Center hosts its inaugural symposium, focusing on building bridges between China and the United States. The symposium welcomes over 700 people from the Asian business, academic, and other communities. Sidney Rittenberg is awarded the first Peace Builder Award for his peacebuilding work between the two countries. During his early days in China, Sidney Rittenberg knew and supported Chairman Mao Zedong.

Chairman Mao Zedong and Sidney Rittenberg
Chinese speaker at the Wang Center inaugural symposium
The inaugural Wang Center symposium, watching Chinese dragon dancers
The Wang's at the inaugural symposium

The School of Nursing celebrates 50 years of nursing education at PLU by reflecting on how the advances in health care knowledge and changes in practices have transformed the nursing profession over time.

Baby in a hospital crib with a Professor smiling
Nursing students graduating

Not only do nurses have to master the traditional basics of their profession, but more technical knowledge is required. As the PLU nursing program continues to find the best ways to prepare grads for the ever-evolving field of healthcare, students who graduate from this program are actively living the motto of the university, says dean of the School of Nursing Terry Miller.

PLU football celebrates 75 years and longtime coach Forrest “Frosty” Westering, who led the team to many division championships over his 32 seasons as head coach, announces his retirement.

PLU football team
Forrest “Frosty” Westering

PLU student Megan Quann celebrates her first place finish in the 100 meter breaststroke at the US Open in Federal Way, WA. Quann previously won 2 gold medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia at the age of 17.

PLU student Megan Quann celebrates her first place finish in the 100 meter breaststroke at the US Open in Federal Way, WA. Quann previously won 2 gold medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia at the age of 17.

2004

PLU begins a collaboration with the Washington Correction Center for Women, sending students and professors to volunteer and to research the effects of prison on mothers, children, and families. Pictured, Laura Fountain (’04) plays with children in the nursery at the women’s prison in Purdy.

Pictured, Laura Fountain (’04) plays with children in the nursery at the women’s prison in Purdy.
The crew teams restores a wooden boat named for longtime supporter Marjorie Anderson. Pictured, Heather Short (’04) and Katie Schlepp (’05) sand the wooden shell.

The crew teams restores a wooden boat named for longtime supporter Marjorie Anderson. Pictured, Heather Short (’04) and Katie Schlepp (’05) sand the wooden shell.

Students spend a weekend attending a series of panels called Meant to Live, designed to encourage them to live a life of passion, purposeful conviction, and to discover their vocation. The student-run conference is a part of a the Wild Hope project and aims to help students see beyond college and think about more than just careers.

Students spend a weekend attending a series of panels called Meant to Live, designed to encourage them to live a life of passion, purposeful conviction, and to discover their vocation.

PLU showcases Chinese opera, music, and martial arts. The performers demonstrate Tai Chi, their makeup rituals prior to performance, and how to play the traditional Chinese pipa, a four-stringed lute.

PLU showcases Chinese opera, music, and martial arts. The performers demonstrate Tai Chi.
PLU showcases Chinese opera, music, and martial arts. Makeup rituals prior to performance.
PLU showcases Chinese opera, music, and martial arts. The performers demonstrate Tai Chi.
PLU showcases Chinese opera, music, and martial arts. Traditional Chinese pipa, a four-stringed lute.

2005

The Wang Center hosts the Pathways to Peace symposium, bringing together peace workers from across the globe, including Norwegian and Sudanese ambassadors. The Rev. Canon Clement Janda talks about the atrocities in Sudan and the hope for peace after the signing of the agreement.

Rev. Canon Clement Janda
Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen

Polar explorers make a stop at PLU before their next adventure. Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen set a record on Antarctica and plan to cross the North Pole this spring. Photo courtesy of Bancroft-Arnesen Explore.

President and Mrs. Anderson represent the United States and PLU at the Namibian presidential inauguration.

President and Mrs. Anderson represent the United States and PLU at the Namibian presidential inauguration.
Young Guatemala boy holding a PLU tee shirt

University Congregation members travel to Guatemala during Easter and experience the cultural and religious traditions of Semana Santa, or Holy Week in Antigua, which is the home of the second largest Holy Week celebration in the world.

Holy Week in Antigua

2006

The PLU campus now spans the globe as classes convene in Australia, China, Italy, Namibia, Peru, Neah Bay (WA) and the Antarctic peninsula. It is the first time that students from one university studied at the same time on all seven continents.

Students posing in front of another country's cityscape
The PLU campus now spans the globe as classes convene in Australia, China, Italy, Namibia, Peru, Neah Bay (WA) and the Antarctic peninsula.
Student walking across stones of a dry man made river

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway visits during the annual Norwegian Heritage Festival, and speaks about growing up as royalty in today’s world.

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
Students walking at commencement in the Tacoma Dome

To allow for a much larger audience at the grand spring Commencement ceremony, PLU moves graduation to the Tacoma Dome. The Dome can accommodate an audience of more than twice what Olson Auditorium can seat.

The Morken Center for Learning and Technology is dedicated. The building is heated and cooled by a geothermal heat pump system that does not require fossil fuels or ozone-depleting chemicals.

The Morken Center for Learning and Technology
The Morken Center for Learning and Technology is dedicated. The building is heated and cooled by a geothermal heat pump system that does not require fossil fuels or ozone-depleting chemicals.
President William O. Rieke jogging

Campus says farewell to and celebrates the life and accomplishments of William O. Rieke, PLU president from 1975 to 1992 who oversaw the university’s centennial celebration.

President William O. Rieke and wife
Students working with the cardboard compactor

Sustainable living practices take root and flourish on campus thanks to Dave Kohler, facilities director. Kohler lays down the gauntlet to boost recycling rates to new, astronomical levels and encourages the PLU community to “can the can.”

Homecoming 2006: Lutes at Play celebrates the dedicated members of PLU’s former Children’s Theater that created compelling productions that attracted children from all over Pierce country for over 30 years.

PLU’s former Children’s Theater that created compelling productions that attracted children from all over Pierce country for over 30 years.

2007

Bobbi Hughes, Jonathan Grove and Jennifer Warwick

The Women’s Center opens its doors at its new location, which is a house situated on 121st street behind Ordal and Ingram halls. Staff members Bobbi Hughes, Jonathan Grove and Jennifer Warwick moved into the new Women’s Center in November.

US Vice President Walter Mondale

Former US Vice President Walter Mondale is the keynote speaker for PLU’s World Conversations: Voices from Around the Globe event.

A painting by Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup belonging to the Scandinavian Cultural Center sells at Sotheby’s Auction House in London for $525,000.

A painting by Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup

Garfield Book Company at PLU opens its doors to serve students, the greater community and the school districts. In addition to items usually carried by a college bookstore, the 15,000 square foot building carries products for the greater Tacoma community and surrounding school districts.

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Garfield Book Company at PLU
Garfield Book Company at PLU

A remodeled University Center is better than ever. Improvements to the facility include an expanded dining hall, new meeting and gathering spaces, and new offices for Student Life, ASPLU, student media, and Campus Ministry. The remodel cost $14 million and took six months to complete.

Remodeled University Center - students walking past the Old Main Market
Professor of history Robert P. Ericksen (’67)

Gifts totaling $1 million fund the Kurt Mayer professorship in Holocaust Studies. Professor of history Robert P. Ericksen (’67) will be PLU’s first Kurt Mayer Professor in Holocaust Studies.

Kurt Mayer

2008

Faculty fellow Don Ryan (’79)

Faculty fellow Don Ryan (’79) and a small team travel to Egypt for the seventh field season of the Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project. Ryan rediscovered the entrance to tomb KV 60 in 1989.

Faculty fellow Don Ryan (’79)
Faculty fellow Don Ryan (’79) and a small team travel to Egypt for the seventh field season of the Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project.

The campus community celebrates President Anderson’s fifteen years at PLU, a service that is almost twice the national average for a university presidential term.

The campus community celebrates President Anderson’s fifteen years at PLU
PLU alumna Crystal Aikin

PLU alumna Crystal Aikin is crowned the winner of Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) “Sunday Best” gospel singing competition.

The PLU Community Garden celebrates the grand opening of its new, permanent site on upper campus and kicks off Earth Week.

Student working in the PLU Community Garden

PLU basketball celebrates 100 years of basketball.

Pacific Lutheran Academy basketball players
Music alumna Angela Meade

Music alumna Angela Meade is on the cusp of a big career in opera after debut at the Met. Meade began as an understudy for the role of Elvira in the Met’s production of Verdi’s opera “Ernani.”

2009

Cindy Boyce generously gives PLU a Torah with a pedigree that dates back to the 1700s. The 300-year-old scroll has been decommissioned for a number of years and was transcribed in Morocco. The Torah is the most holy of sacred writings in Judaism. It’s the first of three section of the Hebrew Bible and consists of five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Cindy Boyce generously gives PLU a Torah with a pedigree that dates back to the 1700s. Samuel Torvend also pictured.
Solveig Robinson, associate professor of English, is one of 150 singers and a full orchestra who performed at the Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome on Easter Sunday.

Solveig Robinson, associate professor of English, is one of 150 singers and a full orchestra who performed at the Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome on Easter Sunday.

Five trees are planted on lower campus to honor Elvi Nukk, class of ’53, who, along with her family, came to Parkland from a displaced person’s camp in Estonia in 1949. They arrived thanks to Lutheran World Relief and a sponsorship by then-President Seth Eastvold.

Five trees are planted on lower campus to honor Elvi Nukk, class of ’53, who, along with her family, came to Parkland from a displaced person’s camp in Estonia in 1949.
Elvi Nukk, class of ’53

The chemistry department acquires a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, or NMR. The NMR is housed at the Rieke Science Center.

Professor and students working with the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer

This new device will probe the world of the atom. The NMR is a valuable resource for faculty and student research, and was founded by a National Science Foundation grant.

Student working with the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
The nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer

PLU wins the Paul Simon Award, a prestigious honor that confirms the university’s role as the leading globally focused university. PLU is the first and only private college in the West to have received this honor.

PLU students in a rubber boat floating by ice

A group of 71 – including 64 students – travel to China for a two week whirlwind tour. They perform at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, the Xian Conservatory of Music, the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

A group of 71 – including 64 students – travel to China for a two week whirlwind tour. They perform at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, the Xian Conservatory of Music, the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
PLU alumnus Louis Hobson

PLU alumnus Louis Hobson plays Dr. Madden in the Tony Award winning new Broadway Musical Next to Normal at the Booth Theater in New York City.